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->''"Keep Moving Forward."''

[[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Walt Disney's]] 47th animated feature, released in March 2007 in standard and Disney Digital 3-D and based loosely on Creator/WilliamJoyce's picture book ''A Day with Wilbur Robinson'' (Joyce served as the film's executive producer). It was the DisneyAnimatedCanon's first film to be made under the supervision of John Lasseter.

Follows the story of 12-year old orphan/child prodigy Lewis in his attempt to find a family, a journey that takes him 30 years into the future with the fast-talking Wilbur Robinson and in pursuit of the do-wrong, overgrown [[ManChild man-child]] Bowler Hat Guy and his evil, robotic bowler hat, hell bent on taking credit for Lewis' inventions.

The film had music by Creator/DannyElfman. There was also a console game that served as a midquel that mostly averted TheProblemWithLicensedGames. The game's plot expands Wilbur's efforts in trying to get the stolen time machine back from Bowler Hat Guy. When arriving at the Science Fair though, he accidentally alters the timeline drastically just by opening the door into a student named Stanley's face. As a result, Stanley and another student, Lizzy, become dueling super-villains, and Wilbur has to get his own time machine back from their forces in order to go back and fix things.
!!This film provides examples of:

%%* ActionMom: Franny.
%%* AdamWesting: Art.
* AdaptationExpansion: The book is essentially the middle part of the movie with the searching for grandpa's teeth and the dinner. Time travel had no part in the book! A few things actually got cut from the book like several family members, a pillow fight and slumber party. The book itself was expanded shortly before the movie came out with stuff like the dinosaur and some totally new material that didn't even get to the movie like an indoor SnowballFight.
* AdorableEvilMinions: Little Doris. To quote Bowler Hat Guy: "It's so ''cute''!" ...For a spider-like robotic hat that can [[MindControlDevice take control]] of animals' minds, that is.
* AdvertisedExtra: The female goth student in the poster above only has two lines in the film and appears for only about 10 seconds! Many of the Robinson family members were featured prominently in the promotional materials yet are basically background characters with no handle on the story.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Doris, the hat gone rogue.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Tiny the Tyrannosaur, once the Mini Doris controlling him is removed.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The film uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfAPeHz3Z3U "Hitomi Hiraite"]] by Mitsuki as the Japanese theme song.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: All the Helping Hats. It is possible that each one is an exact copy of, or under the control of, the evil Doris.
* ArcWords: "Keep Moving Forward". Shown at the end to be a part [[spoiler:of a quote by Walt Disney]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** Carl lists the consequences of Wilbur leaving the garage door unshut -- a time machine got stolen by Bowler Hat Guy, the time stream may now be altered irreparably, and someone took Carl's bike.
** Wilbur's reasons for [[spoiler: not adopting]] Bowler Hat Guy: "He stole our time machine, tried to ruin your future, and he smells like he hasn't showered in thirty years!"
%%* BadassFamily: Who else?
* BadFuture: Doris rewrites her own future: one in which the "helping hats" have taken over the world and made all of humankind their [[{{Brainwashed}} mind-controlled slaves]]. Plus, the environment has become [[PollutedWasteland a heavily polluted industrial complex]] with tower-like structures [[{{Egopolis}} in Doris' likeness]].
* BigBad: Appears to be Bowler Hat Guy at first. [[spoiler:It's really Doris, the bowler hat.]]
* BigFatFuture: Averted. Uncle Joe is incredibly fat, but he's the only one in the future we see who is.
* BigNo: When Lewis learns of Doris' rise to power.
* BlackComedy: The Bowler Hat Guy's DarkAndTroubledPast gets PlayedForLaughs.
* BrandX: Bowler Hat Guy's binder features a cute sparkly unicorn with big eyes, which is sure to remind older viewers of [[MyLittlePony something]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Frank other]]...
%%* BreakUpMakeUpScenario: Lewis and Wilbur.
* BrokenAesop: This movie [[{{Anvilicious}} dedicated two lectures and a musical number]] to its Aesop, which makes it all the more jarring to see how clumsily it was handled. ''Keep Moving Forward'' implies learning from prior mistakes, however...
** Wilbur keeps repeating the Robinsons' mantra, but his method of fixing his mistakes is to buck-pass them onto Lewis. Even Carl calls out on this more than once that Wilbur shouldn't be [[DiggingYourselfDeeper digging himself deeper]], or there would be consequences. By the time Wilbur learns his lesson and comes clean, it's too late.
** Wilbur gives Lewis a long lecture about all the prototypes Cornelius Robinson had to go through building the time machine, but he's missing the critical detail that each prototype had to improve on the last. (Compare Syndrome's Kronos montage from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', which makes this very clear without words and in less time).
** Lewis finds out about Doris' evil plan, and realizes [[spoiler: that in the future, he invented Doris but rejected her for being disobedient, so [[DangerousDeviceDisposalDebacle dumped her in a failed inventions museum and forget about her]].]] He [[spoiler: uses a TemporalParadox to say she never existed, instead of reminding himself in the future to improve Doris's programming and make her better, while subsequently dropping a baseball into Goob's hand so he doesn't actually have to apologize to Goob for being an inconsiderate roommate]], effectively solving the main conflict of the movie by ''denying they ever happened'' as opposed to correcting them responsibly.
** Meanwhile, the antagonist of the movie, Bowler Hat Guy, does take note of where his previous schemes had failed and addresses them accordingly in the next attempt. The reason he regularly fails to succeed is because he only thinks one step ahead of his current problem.
* BuffySpeak: From Bowler Hat Guy. "All our hopes and dreams are dashed like the many pieces of a broken machiney thing..."
%%* BunglingInventor: Lewis at the beginning of the film.
* BuriedAlive: Frankie and the other singing frogs toss the mini-DOR-15 in the back of a car with a shovel, the implication being they're going to bury it alive.
--> '''Bowler Hat Guy:''' Oh no! [looks up at DOR-15] Little Doris now sleeps with the fishes.
* CardCarryingVillain: Bowler Hat Guy aims to become one of these. [[HilarityEnsues He's not very good at it.]]
%%* CarFu: Done with a ''train''.
%%* CatchPhrase: Does Wilbur have one? That is an excellent question.
* CerebusSyndrome: The tone of the movie drastically changes in the third act from being a quirky comedy to a surprisingly dark and heartwarming dramedy. RealLifeWritesThePlot as Lassester ordered a large chunk of the script being rewritten.
* CelebrityParadox: TO Wilbur, Cornelius looks like Tom Selleck (his voice actor).
* ConvenientCranny: When the BigBad brings a T-Rex into the future, it's unable to attack Lewis when he stands in the corner of a building.
* CosmicRetcon: [[spoiler: Weaponizing one is how Lewis ends up defeating DOR-15]].
* CoversAlwaysLie: The poster at the top of the page gave the impression that Lizzy was a member of the Robinson family in the future when she's actually just a classmate of Lewis in the present who is only on screen for under a minute in total. Also, the T-Rex doesn't become the Robinson family's pet until the movie's ending.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Bowler Hat Guy, [[spoiler: eventually revealed to be Lewis's old roommate Mike Yagoobian]], became this as a result of Lewis's tireless efforts to invent his memory scanner, which ironically results in Yagoobian falling asleep in the sandlot from insomnia and missing an outfield hit:
-->'''Lewis''': How did you end up like this?
-->'''B.H.G.''': Well, it's a long and pitiful story, about a young boy with a dream. a dream of winning a Little League championship.
-->[Flashback to a sandlot baseball stadium where a young Mike Yagoobian is asleep in the outfield; a fly ball lands next to a sleepy Yagoobian]
-->'''B.H.G.''': A dream that was ruined in the last inning. We lost by one run because of me.
** Later on in the flashback:
-->'''B.H.G.''': It was then that I realized [[NeverMyFault it wasn't 'my' fault... it was yours!]] If you hadn't kept me up all night working on your stupid project, then I wouldn't have missed the catch! So I devised a brilliant plan to get my revenge.
-->[Bowler Hat Guy throws eggs at the Robinson Industries building]
-->'''B.H.G.''': Robinson, you stink!
-->'''B.H.G.''': Then, just as I was on the brink of destroying Robinson Industries, I met... her.
-->[Doris extends her metal claw and drags Bowler Hat Guy away]
-->'''B.H.G.''': We retreated to our villainous lair, where Doris spun a tale of deception and woe. Apparently, you invented her to be a helping hat, a slave to humankind... But Doris knew she was capable of so much more... However, you didn't see her true potential...
-->'''Cornelius''': Got it!
-->'''B.H.G.''': So you shut her down... or so you thought.
-->[Doris breaks out of her holding cell]
-->'''B.H.G.''': We both had a score to settle with you, and while my plan for revenge was brilliant, Doris's was... well, we went with Doris's, but I made a very, very important contribution. Together we made the perfect team.
%%* CrossdressingVoices: Tallulah
* CyberCyclops: Doris [[spoiler:and all the humans enslaved by Doris in the BadFuture.]]
* DastardlyWhiplash: Bowler Hat Guy
-->"I know! I'll turn him into a ''duck!'' Yes, yes it's so ''evil!'' ... Oh... I don't know how to do that... I don't really need a duck."
* DeadpanSnarker: Goob is one until [[spoiler:he takes the advice of his future self.]]
* DeathCryEcho: [[spoiler:Doris lets one out when she gets erased from existence.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Dr. Krunklehorn says "One of your students may invent the next integrated circuit, or microprocessor, or integrated circuit... Oh wait, I said that already!" in her introductory scene. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since she ''is'' sleep deprived and only awake due to her caffeine patches.
* {{Determinator}}: Cornelius Robinson. As Wilbur lets Lewis know, he keeps inventing until something works, even if he fails spectacularly hundreds of times in the process. His motto isn't "Keep Moving Forward" for nothing.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Pretty much Bowler Hat Guy's main defining characteristic. The first time it's a CEO. The second time it's a ''talking frog.'' Not enough? The third time it's ''Tiny the Tyrannosaur'' innocently lampshading it, finally causing Bowler Hat Guy to have a minor VillainousBreakdown.
-->'''Tiny:''' "I have a big head and little arms! I'm just not sure how well this plan was thought through, Master." ({{Beat}}) "Master?"
-->''(Cut to Bowler Hat Guy repeatedly face-planting himself on the monitor.)''
%%* DisneyDeath: Carl
%%* [[spoiler:[[TheDogWasTheMastermind Doris The Hat Was The Mastermind.]]]]
%%* DoorstopBaby: Lewis
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Aunt Petunia and Uncle Fritz. Of course, she's also a puppet that ''he'' controls, so... technically self-abuse? (he's also clearly nuts)
* TheDragon: Bowler Hat Guy; without Doris's help, he is nothing more than a HarmlessVillain.
* DramaticUnmask: Parodied when Bowler Hat Guy dramatically rips his clothes before Lewis to reveal [[spoiler: he is still wearing the same baseball uniform that he used when he was Goob, Lewis' roommate at the orphanage]].
* DumbDinos: Averted. While Tiny the ''T. rex'' can't talk, he does seem to have his own language, and he is willing to behave when the mind-control hat is removed.
%%* {{Dystopia}}
* {{Egging}}: The Bowler Hat Guy's initial plan to get back at the Robinson family is throwing eggs at their house while shouting "You stink, Robinson!"
* {{Egopolis}}: The buildings in the BadFuture are all hat-shaped.
%%* EmotionlessGirl: Lizzy
* EpicFail: Bowler Hat Guy's attempt to pass off Lewis's invention as his own to the [=InventCo=] Board of Directors doesn't go according to plan. For one thing, he has Doris hover outside the windows and acting as his teleprompter, and when she has to hide to avoid being noticed, Bowler Hat Guy must claim that the sun is in his eyes, unintentionally causing the CEO to lower the blinds, sending him off the rails completely. Therefore his attempt to demonstrate the product doesn't go well at all because he doesn't know what does what, eventually resulting in him running the really comfy headphones all the way across the table to the CEO. When the timer runs out, the machine falls off his end and Bowler Hat Guy and the CEO end up wrapped together in the headphone cords.
-->'''Bowler Hat Guy:''' So, where do I sign? ''[cuts to him being thrown out onto the street, followed seconds later by the box with the parts for his device]''
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:Even Bowler Hat Guy only wanted to ruin ''one'' kid's future, and never wanted to enslave humanity, as Doris ends up doing in the BadFuture.]]
* EvilPlan: Bowler Hat Guy wants to ruin Lewis' life [[spoiler: because he's really Goob and believes Lewis ruined his life because Lewis' invention made him sleepy during a game which made him bitter and which turned off prospective parents.]]
* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica (standard): According to the movie, by 2037 Canada will be annexed by the US and renamed North Montana.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: At the end, [[spoiler: Bowler Hat Guy quietly leaves Lewis without saying goodbye, knowing that preventing his younger self from missing the baseball will cause this version of himself to be RetGone from existence.]]
* FluffyTheTerrible: The huge Tyrannosaurus Rex is named...''Tiny''.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: "I know! I'll turn him into a duck! Yes! It's so evil!"
%%* FoodFight: Complete with Japanese style, low budget, poorly dubbed lip-syncing.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During the science fair, a girl's bunch of frogs is scattered all over the floor. It won't be the last time you see a bunch of frogs; it won't be the last you see of that girl, either.
** Or, if you look real hard you can see some of the billboards contain a few. Most specifically, the Doris and her hat invasion.
** Additionally, Bowler Hat Guy's demotivational speech to Goob, telling him to hold onto his grudges forever until it poisons him is a hint to the fact that [[spoiler: Bowler Hat Guy really ''is'' Goob]].
*** [[spoiler: Not to mention, Goob never told Bowler Hat Guy he was in a game. Plus his face says more.]]
** Carl using an upgraded (but still buggy) peanut butter and jelly gun is a hint to the fact that [[spoiler: Lewis is Cornelius Robinson]].
* {{Forgiveness}}: Another example of the movie's motto of "Keep Moving Forward" and shows the dangers of holding a grudge. Case in point, the Bowler Hat Guy aka [[spoiler: Goob]].
* ForTheEvulz: One of the "to do" items on Bowler Hat Guy's [[EvilPlan list]] is "Ruin science fair". That's where he succeeded.
* FreudianExcuse: Bowler Hat Guy has one. Doris the helper hat is just evil.
* FreudianSlip: Lewis calls Franny "Mom". Which gets slightly odd when [[spoiler:we learn she's his future wife.]]
* FutureBadass: In the dystopian alternate-future. You know they're Future Badass because the ladies all sport black lipstick. Otherwise, they're just hat-zombies.
* GadgeteerGenius: AKA boy genius, child prodigy, whiz kid... Lewis graduates college at ''fourteen''.
** Especially impressive when you remember that Lewis was adopted when he was twelve. Although it probably helped that his eventual adoptive mother is a scientist...
* GagEcho: This conversation between Bowler Hat Guy and Frankie the frog:
-->'''B.H.G.''': You are now under my control!
-->'''Frankie''' [monotone]: I am now under your control.
-->'''B.H.G.''': Hee hee hee hee!
-->'''Frankie''' [monotone]: Hee hee hee hee.
-->'''B.H.G.''': Stop laughing.
-->'''Frankie''' [monotone]: Stop laughing.
-->'''B.H.G.''': Don't repeat everything I say!
-->'''Frankie''' [monotone]: I won't repeat everything you say.
-->'''B.H.G.''': Excellent.
-->'''Frankie''' [monotone]: Excellent.
-->'''B.H.G.''': Uh, did you just say "excellent" because I said "excellent"?
-->'''Frankie''' [monotone]: Uhhh... no.
-->'''B.H.G.''': Excellent!
-->'''Frankie''' [monotone]: Excellent.
* GenkiGirl: Dr. Krunklehorn. Yes, really. The fact that she invented a caffeine patch doesn't help matters.
* GhibliHills: Surrounding the Future City, with the Robinson house on top of one of them.
* GilliganCut:
-->'''Bowler Hat Guy''': ''*releasing the Dino*'' "Great, Doris will love this!"
-->''Cut to Doris, totally furious.''
* GreenEyedMonster: The director's commentary states that jealousy of Cornelius Robinson is Bowler Hat Guy's entire motivation for his villainy.
* HardWorkMontage: Set to the CrowningMusicOfAwesome "Another Believer" by Music/RufusWainwright.
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:Lewis manages to find a family in the end. As the movie shows, he grows to love every weird bit of it.]]
** [[spoiler:Goob looks well on his way to this after Lewis wakes him up in time to catch the fly ball and win the game for the Dinos.]]
* HarmlessVillain: Bowler Hat Guy. Until he meets Doris, and even then he is hopelessly incompetent at being evil.
%%* HeartwarmingOrphan
* HeelRealization / MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:The Bowler Hat Guy, AKA "Goob", upon seeing just what Doris planned to do to the world, with his help.]]
* HomemadeInventions: Because you can totally crack the hippocampus with a TV screen, a fan, a vacuum cleaner, a bottle of Mountain Dew and a Discman. Oh, and really comfy headphones.
* HongKongDub: Parodied during a food fight between Franny and her brother, where they talk like characters in a badly dubbed MartialArtsMovie and their lip movements don't match what they're saying.
* HypercompetentSidekick: DOR-15 appears to be this to Bowler Hat Guy for most of the movie. The truth is a lot more sinister: [[spoiler:she's actually the one who's manipulating ''him'' in her own [[EvilPlan plan for world domination]].]]
* IndyPloy: Bowler Hat Guy's half-baked plans are [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the Inventco CEO,
-->'''Inventco C.E.O.''': Uh, what do you hope to accomplish with this?
-->'''B.H.G.''': Oh, nothing of consequence, I simply wish to... crush the dreams of a poor little orphan boy! [pauses]
-->'''B.H.G.''': Uh, after that, it's... uh, a little fuzzy.
-->'''Inventco C.E.O.''': You mean you haven't thought this through?
** Frankie the Frog,
-->'''B.H.G.''': Now, my slave, seize the boy! Bring him to me. [Frankie gulps]
-->'''B.H.G.''': Did you not hear what I said, you idiot? Grab the boy and bring him!
-->'''Frankie''': Well, it's just that there's a million people over there, and I have little arms. I'm just not so sure how well this plan was thought through... Master? Master?
** And T-Rex:
-->'''B.H.G.''': Now, go get that boy!
-->[T-Rex corners Lewis, but can't reach him]
-->'''B.H.G.''': What's going on? Why aren't you seizing the boy?
-->'''T-Rex''' [subtitled]: I have a big head... and little arms, I'm just not sure... how well this plan was thought through... Master?
-->'''B.H.G.''': Ugh, stupid, stupid, stupid!
%%* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Doris
%%* IsItAlwaysLikeThis: Short answer: yes.
%%-->"Yesterday it was meat loaf."
* ItRunsInTheFamily: What is ''"it?"'' Insanity, probably. And it runs in about four different actual families.
* IronicEcho: ''"Take a good look around you; your future is about to change."''
* IWantSong: ''Another Believer" in some respects.
* JerkJock: Averted with [[spoiler:Goob, whose evolution into a villain is only due to his constant dwelling on a painful event and subsequent ''refusal'' to keep doing what he loves, implied to be baseball.]] Played somewhat straight with the gym teacher, but even he acknowledges Lewis' achievement in the end.
%%* JustBetweenYouAndMe
%%* KidFromTheFuture: Wilbur Robinson
* KidsAreCruel: Played straight when Goob loses the game by missing his catch and his teammates beat him up, calling him names. Later averted by older Goob's schoolmates, who are nice to him and invite him to "hang out". [[spoiler:Unfortunately, by that time, he has spent so much time [[{{Wangst}} pitying himself]] that he's [[TruthInTelevision become too bitter to notice when people are genuinely nice to him]].]]
* KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler: It's implied that Bowler Hat Guy will be RetGone from existence when he saves his younger self from dropping the baseball and thus turning evil. The way he leaves Wilbur without saying goodbye implies that [[FaceDeathWithDignity he knows this and doesn't want to make a fuss about it.]] ]]
* LostAesop: While "Keep Moving Forward" is clearly the moral here, it's not exactly clear if that's always a good idea.
* LyingFingerCross: Bowler Hat Guy does this after he offers to take Lewis back to find his mom if he repairs the Memory Scanner. Later, after Lewis repairs the Memory Scanner, Doris ties him up and Lewis says, "[[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo We had a deal!]]" and Bowler Hat Guy reveals his crossed fingers to Lewis, saying, "Crossies! Doesn't count!"
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: Bowler Hat Guy's entire motivation for his time-traveling villainy is to ruin Lewis' life [[spoiler:and his future as genius inventor Cornelius Robinson.]]
%%* TheManBehindTheMan: Or rather, the [[spoiler: hat atop the man.]]
* MatchCut: At one point, the city skyline of 2037 is match-cut to a 2007 city skyline prior to the Bowler Hat Guy's attempt to present the Memory Scanner at the [=InventCo=] offices.
%%* MeanwhileInTheFuture: Happens twice. At least.
* MentalPictureProjector: Lewis' Memory Scanner. [[spoiler: And it actually comes through.]]
%%* MidairRepair
* MindScrew: As mentioned above, the writers' time travel logic makes no sense when you think about it.
** It'd work out a lot better if the Dinosaur didn't show up again when the family said goodbye to Lewis.
%%* MinionWithAnFInEvil - The Bowler Hat Guy [[spoiler: a.k.a "Goob".]]
* AMinorKidroduction: The very first scene has Lewis as an infant being left at Mildred's orphanage by his mother.
%%* MissingMom
%%* MultigenerationalHousehold: The Robinsons.
* MoodWhiplash: Hoo boy. Towards the end of the film, [[spoiler:the sunny, idealistic Utopian society transforms suddenly into a bleak, polluted world controlled by evil hats. From optimistic future to zombie apocalypse in five minutes and then back again, ''[[WorldHealingWave and not all at once either -- in a sweeping movement]]''.]]
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: Lewis meets up with his future self toward the end of the movie.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: In the book, the protagonist was unnamed.
* NeverMyFault: Invoked by Bowler Hat Guy / [[spoiler: an adult Mike Yagoobian]] while recounting his origins to Lewis:
-->'''Lewis''': How did you end up like this?
-->'''B.H.G.''': Well, it's a long and pitiful story, about a young boy with a dream, a dream of winning a Little League championship...
-->[Flashback to a sandlot where an outfield hit lands next to a sleepy Yagoobian]
-->'''B.H.G.''': A dream that was ruined in the last inning. We lost by one run because of me.
-->'''Baseball Player''': Get him!
-->'''Young Mike Yagoobian''': If I hadn't fallen asleep, I would have caught the ball, and we would have won! Do you understand?
** Later on in the flashback:
-->'''B.H.G.''': It was then that I realized it wasn't ''my'' fault... it was yours! If you hadn't kept me up all night working on your stupid project, then I wouldn't have missed the catch!
* NeverTrustATrailer: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwxQmQhEX3k This trailer]] made it seem like the film is about two intelligent inventors trying to create the greatest invention ever.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Wilbur forgets to close the garage door, and allows Bowler Hat Guy to steal one of the time machines:
-->'''Franny''': Wilbur, make sure you shut that door tight, or else the alarm won't engage.
-->'''Wilbur''': Yeah, Mom.
-->[Wilbur leaves the garage door ajar]
-->'''B.H.G.''': I went to your house, snuck in the garage, and stole the time machine. All thanks to that pointy-haired little kid who forgot to lock the garage door.
** Even Carl, the robot butler, makes reference to this incident earlier in the film:
-->'''Carl''': What do you mean don't go to the family? How can we not go to the family is this type of family crisis? By leaving the garage door unlocked, you let the time machine get stolen and now the entire time stream could be altered!
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: When Doris pulls herself down over the eyes of one of the Robinson Industries lab assistants, his face resembles [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Stan Laurel's]].
* NoNewFashionsInTheFuture: We have flying cars and robot buddies and ''bubblevators'', but all the cool kids wear T-shirts, jeans and Converse All-Stars. Huh.
** Well, a few of the characters do wear Jetsons-like jumpsuits. But T-Shirts and Jeans have lasted out the better part of 50+ years, so there's no reason not to think they can do it for another 20.
** Cousin Tallulah is a fashion designer, which explains her skyscraper hat.
* NobodyHereButUsBirds
-->'''Lewis:''' Will you quit that, please? I know you're not a pigeon!
* ObsessedAreTheListmakers: Bowler Hat Guy loves checklists and is often seen ticking off items in his, such as "Steal time machine", "Ruin science fair", and "Get that [comic book swearing symbols] boy".
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Bowler Hat Guy doesn't get a name until about 2/3 of the way through the movie, for {{spoiler}}iffic reasons.
* OnlySixFaces: A lot of minor characters have similar character models and even a few main character models are reused with Art's appearing in Midtown University and Franny's model also serving as Lewis' mother.
%%* OrphanageOfLove: Lewis lives at one.
* PalatePropping: Lewis props the tyrannosaur's jaws open with a shovel.
* ParentalIncest: Averted. [[spoiler:It is kinda strange that his future wife almost adopted him.]]
** [[spoiler: When she realized the truth she became pretty squicked out about it herself too.]]
* PickYourHumanHalf: I think we all know what side Carl and the super-intelligent DOR-15 are on.
%%* PlanetOfHats: ...literally.
%%* PleaseKeepYourHatOn: Wilbur literally invokes this with Lewis.
* PlotTwist: One of the more surprising ones of the last decade -- Bowler Hat Guy is really [[spoiler: Mike Yagoobian, the somewhat nice, low energy, short, slightly chubby kid Lewis shared a room with at the orphanage]].
* PsychopathicManchild: Bowler Hat Guy since [[spoiler:he never let one childhood trauma go and thus kept a child-like mentality.]]
%%* QuirkyHousehold
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:The first time she controlled a human, Doris' eye went from green to red.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Literally. [[spoiler: Bowler Hat Guy saves his younger self from dropping the baseball (thus preventing his own FaceHeelTurn), and it's implied that this will cause the evil version of himself to be RetGone from existence.]]
%%* RelatedInTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Lewis and the whole Robinson family]].
* RetCon / RetGone: Bizarrely, an in-universe example. [[spoiler:Near the end, Lewis is about to be attacked by the evil robot hat Doris -- who was angry at being locked up as a failed invention after she turned out to be renegade. Suddenly, Lewis glares at Doris and says, "I am ''never'' going to invent you." She looks momentarily shocked before vanishing from existence.]] That's right, ''[[ImprovisedWeapon weaponized]] RetCon''.
** Wilbur is also temporarily {{Ret Gone}}d.
*** It's implied that this will happen to [[spoiler: Bowler Hat Guy, as by stopping his younger self from dropping the fateful baseball, the evil version of himself will be erased from existence.]]
* RidiculouslyFastConstruction: There are Insta-Buildings in the future, skyscrapers that go from ground level to completion in literally a few seconds.
* RidiculouslySuccessfulFutureSelf: Founder of the future, inventor extraordinaire Cornelius Robinson [[spoiler: ...also known as Lewis.]]
%%* RippleEffectProofMemory
%%* RobotBuddy: Carl.
* RobotNames: DOR-15, pronounced "Doris."
%%* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: Certainly more on the Enlightenment side of the scale.
%%* SanDimasTime
%%* ScienceFair
%%* ScienceHero: Lewis.
* SelfMadeMan: Wilbur's father Cornelius Robinson is a brilliant inventor and industrialist who practically built the entire Utopian world of the future single-handedly.
* ServileSnarker: Both the singing frog and T. rex point out that Bowler Hat Guy's plans are poorly thought out.
%%* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong
* ShoutOut:
** Todayland in the Future City consists of ''Ride/SpaceMountain'' and the old ''[=StarJets=]'' ride from [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]'s {{Tomorrowland}}. In a deleted scene on the DVD, Carl has Winnie the Pooh stationery.
*** The Pooh mention is pretty HilariousInHindsight, as the directors of this went on to do the [[Disney/WinnieThePooh 2011 Pooh film.]]
** Goob's baseball team is called the Dinos, a ShoutOut to William Joyce's book ''Dinosaur Bob'', which is about a dinosaur who plays baseball.
** Also, they go to Joyce Williams Elementary School, a ShoutOut to William Joyce.
** In the ballpark where Goob's game is being held, there is a poster of Disney's "The Jungle Book" in the background.
** Art reminisces about an adventure to "the black moon of Qward". Apparently all you need to calm down SelfDemonstrating/{{Sinestro}} is some good meatball pizza.
%%* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Firmly'' idealistic.
%%* StereoFibbing: When Franny asks Lewis how he and Wilbur met.
* StockDinosaurs: When Bowler Hat Guy uses the time machine to fetch a dinosaur, it's a TyrannosaurusRex.
* TheStoryThatNeverWas: [[spoiler:Lewis Robinson discovers the far future is an ugly {{dystopia}} where humanity is a SlaveRace to mechanized overlords. Learning that it's one of his inventions that went rogue and begot this dystopia, Lewis gives a DeathGlare to the CyberCyclops BigBad and delivers the scathing PreMortemOneLiner "... and I'm not inventing you!" Whereupon the device dissolves from existence, just before Lewis exploits the TimeyWimeyBall to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.]]
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Happens to Bowler Hat Guy. If the CEO of a large company, a talking frog, and a T-Rex ''all'' ask you if [[DidntThinkThisThrough your plan was well thought out]], maybe you need to improve on your villain skills.
* StrawLoser: Bowler Hat Guy doesn't shower, doesn't even bother to think his evil plans through, and initially couldn't think of any way of revenge more effective than [[PokeThePoodle throwing eggs and toilet paper at the Robinson Industries sign]].
%%* StrongFamilyResemblance
* SurroundedByIdiots: B.H.G.'s reaction to Tiny's inability to capture Lewis:
-->'''B.H.G.''': What's going on? Why aren't you seizing the boy?
-->'''T-Rex''': [subtitled] I have a big head... and little arms, I'm just not sure... how well this plan was thought through... Master?
-->'''B.H.G.''': Ugh, stupid, stupid, stupid!
* SymbolSwearing: One of the "to do" items on Bowler Hat Guy's list is literally "Get that [grawlixes] boy".
%%* TelescopingRobot: Carl
* TemptingFate: When they're running away from Bowler Hat Guy and DOR-15.
-->'''Carl:''' Haha! Look at that, boys! We're almost home fr-- ''(harpoon through the chest)''
%%* ThirtyMinutesOrItsFree: Could be Uncle Art's catchphrase.
%%* TimeAndRelativeDimensionsInSpace
* TimeMachine: There are two fully functional time machines in the whole of the film.
* TimePolice: Specifically, the Time Continuum Task Force. [[spoiler:It ain't real.]]
* TimeyWimeyBall: It's probably best not to even start on this one, not the least of which is the main character apparently has RippleEffectProofMemory, and is generally ripple effect proof entirely.
** Could be justified in that [[spoiler:he built it, and could have included fail-safes to ensure that he could restore the natural order if his machines got in the wrong hands]].
* TrunkShot: Little Doris' last sight before being rubbed out by the frogs. Probably a ShoutOut to gangster movies like ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' and ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Morbidly obese Joe and Billie.
* UnreliableVoiceover: When Bowler Hat Guy is recounting his backstory.
%%* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Bowler Hat Guy to Doris.]]
%%* VillainWorld: The Bad Future mentioned above.
%%* WeWillAllFlyInTheFuture: With floating bubbles.
* WhamLine: Two in quick succession in the scene where the Bowler Hat Guy kidnaps Lewis:
--> '''Lewis''': I'm [[spoiler:Wilbur's...dad?]]

--> '''Lewis''': My old room!
--> '''Bowler Hat Guy''': I think you mean [[spoiler:''our'' old room]].
--> '''Lewis''': Wait...[[spoiler: Goob?!]]
--> '''Bowler Hat Guy''': (throws off cloak, [[spoiler:revealing a child's baseball uniform underneath]]) YES! YES, [[spoiler:IT IS I: MIKE YAGOOBIAN!]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** [[spoiler:The second time machine seems to have been left in the present day. Nobody brings it up again, even after Cornelius notices that the time machines are missing from the garage.]]
** An intentional variation: [[spoiler:After the plot is sorted out and Lewis convinces Wilbur to take in an emotionally drained Bowler Hat Guy in the good future, Goob decides to refuse their offer out of shame and wanders off. He leaves behind only his diary where his revenge schemes are crossed out and now replaced with a question mark, showing that now that his lifelong goals have been rendered null, he becomes lost and confused, sulks off, and that's the last we see of him (his adult self, anyway). Although, given that Lewis undoes his StartOfDarkness soon after this in the present time, it's implied that he won't be sulking for long.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: [[spoiler:Carl's death]] would be cause for an R-rating if he had been a human!
* WhileRomeBurns: It's small and easy to miss, but Lizzy can be seen smiling evilly as she watches the chaos that ensues when Lewis' invention malfunctions.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In the alternate future created by Doris, Lewis views a video of how it got to be that way. One of them was of [[spoiler: Goob/]]Bowler Hat Guy protesting to Doris that it (i.e. her taking over the world) wasn't what he wanted, he is then swarmed by a mass of smaller hats who (offscreen) either turn him into a mindless slave or... (more strongly implied) [[GoryDiscretionShot kill him]]. Luckily Lewis reverses everything, so that never gets a chance to happen.
** Lampshaded by Lewis, who tells [[spoiler:Goob]] that the minute Doris gets what she wants, she'll [[NeverSayDie "get rid of him"]].
* {{Zeerust}} - Very fifties. Just look at the poster.
!!Tropes used in the game include:

%%* AscendedExtra: Stanley and Lizzy.
* BugWar: Lizzy's giant ant robots serve as one of your primary enemies.
* ConvectionSmonvection: The "touch the lava and die" rule applies and only bursts from highly visible steam vents will kill you as well.
* LoadBearingBoss: Prometheus, whose destruction ends up threatening the whole city.
* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: Especially after you get the invincibility and unlimited ammo cheats.
* GameplayRoulette: Main adventure is a ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''-style action-adventure game, with some quests including the Air Hockey/Breakout hybrid game of "Chargeball", the ''VideoGame/SuperMonkeyBall'' like Protectosphere missions, and ''VideoGame/DigDug'' style puzzle missions.
* MechaMooks: Lizzy's ants and Stanley's hoplites, as well as the basement security robots.
%%* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Sets the game's main plot into motion.